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Retribution (2006)

Sakebi (original title)
An experienced police detective has to investigate the murder of an unknown woman dressed in a scarlet dress.


Kiyoshi Kurosawa




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Noboru Yoshioka
Manami Konishi Manami Konishi ... Harue Nimura
Tsuyoshi Ihara ... Tôru Miyaji
Hiroyuki Hirayama Hiroyuki Hirayama ... Wakai Keiji Sakurai
Ikuji Nakamura Ikuji Nakamura ... Shôichi Sakuma
Ryô Kase ... Sagyôsen no Sen'in
Kaoru Okunuki Kaoru Okunuki ... Miyuki Yabe
Hironobu Nomura Hironobu Nomura ... Seiji Onoda
Jin Muraki Jin Muraki ... Kenshikan Furuya
Hajime Inoue Hajime Inoue ... Keiji
Naoko Miyake Naoko Miyake ... Kangofu
Yôko Chôsokabe Yôko Chôsokabe ... Kangofu
Takahiro Satô Takahiro Satô ... Sakuma no Musuko Yûsuke
Kenkichi Watanabe Kenkichi Watanabe ... Shiryôgakari
Kaoru Mizuki Kaoru Mizuki ... Shibata Reiko no Hahaoya


A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points toward the detective as the prime suspect, a ghost in red follows him, and he begins to question his identity. His realization of what seems to have really happened results in something much more sinister and larger in scope, and it leaves his psyche scarred. Written by MuzikJunky

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Rated R for some violent content | See all certifications »

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A Japanese detective discovers there is more to a series of killings
2 February 2007 | by super_renskeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The movie was announced as being "horror for those who did not like horror". I was afraid it would be a typical Japanese horror, with creepy sounds, dark colors and mean ghosts. Now, there was a ghost and annoying sounds (the title in Japanese means "the scream"). But there was more.

The main character is a detective, who investigates murders in Tokyo. It seems like there is a serial killer out, because the murders have the same method of killing. But then he gets haunted by what seems to be the first victim.

The movie evolves from solving a crime and catching a murderer to a search for mysterious connections. It may not all seem to make sense, there is an explanation in the end. Maybe not satisfying enough for some, but I don't think the explanation is the whole point of the movie.

There remains a vibe of mystery. If you come in expecting a typical American horror, you surely will be disappointed. But if you like some dark, Japanese mystery, including some scares, you will certainly enjoy this one.

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24 February 2007 (Japan) See more »

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